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June 25, 2003

Adverse Drug Effects in Ambulatory Elderly Patients—ReplyAdverse Drug Effects in Ambulatory Elderly Patients—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(24):3238. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3238-a

To the Editor: Dr Gurwitz and colleagues1 did not discuss 3 issues relevant to the "new strategies" that they discussed for preventing adverse drug effects.

First, elderly patients are often under the care of several physicians, each of whom may prescribe medications. I find that even with excellent physicians, there is always the possibility of inadequate communication and consequent drug incompatibility.

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